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Officials awaiting autopsy results

South Boston Police are investigating the separate deaths of two individuals who were found in the town, an African-American male on Tuesday and an African-American female on Wednesday.

No foul play is suspected, but what caused the deaths of 64-year-old Walter Meadows of 6th Street in South Boston and 59-year-old Lucy Majors of Nathalie will remain a mystery until the autopsy results are made known to the public.

According to South Boston Investigator Randy Redd, on Tuesday police and rescue personnel responded to 6th Street for a call of an unconscious person lying on the front porch of a residence.  

A neighbor noticed Meadows lying on his porch and called for rescue at 2:46 p.m. Meadows was pronounced dead at the scene.  

Police were on the scene for approximately an hour and a half, Redd said.  

The body has been sent to the chief medical examiner’s office in Richmond for an autopsy.

The next morning at 7:30, police were called to Hodges Street in South Boston after a resident reported someone lying in the grass off Hodges Street who appeared to be unconscious, Redd said.  

Police and rescue personnel responded and found Majors’ body lying in the grass.  

Police were on the scene for approximately three hours, and the Nathalie woman’s body also was sent to the chief medical examiner’s office in Richmond for an autopsy.

“At this time, foul play is not suspected in either of these cases,” Redd said.  

South Boston Police Chief Jim Binner said the timing of the two deaths within two days of each other in close proximity to one another seems to be “purely coincidental.”

The chief said he did not want to speculate on causes of the two deaths, but added, “I imagine there were other medical conditions in addition to the cold weather that may have been involved.” 

Both individuals are believed to have died of natural causes, but officials await autopsy results from the medical examiner’s office in Richmond as the investigation progresses.